Paris. The French government today (October 10) faced another vote on a censure motion against?
Paris. The French government today (October 10) faced another vote on a censure motion against its economic against its economic and social policies - but was expected to survive it. It is the third time this year that the opposition has tried to bring down the government.
But it would take the combined opposition and two Gaullist deputies voting against their leader to bring about the downfall of the government and this was considered as highly unlikely.
Premier Georges Pompidou was reported more preoccupied by continued farming and labour unrest than by the actual censure motion. He will speak briefly in the Chamber to rebut charges delivered by opposition leaders Francois Mitterand, of the leftist federation and Waldeck Rochet, the Communist Party's secretary general.
The censure motion was presented after last week's farmers' riots during which over 200 were injured. Sponsors are the Federation of the Left and the Communists.
The protesting farmers, mostly small farmers, claim the government has not done enough to help them adjust to the Common Market, and that they will be ruined when the final tariffs come down next year.
SYNOPSIS: The crisis in the National Assembly is the third attempt this year by the opposition to bring down the Government. But Premier Georges Pompidou, who arrived to answer the charges, was reported to be more preoccupied by continuing farming and labour unrest then by the actual censure motion.
Francois Mitterand of the Leftist Federation delivered the censure motion, supported by Waldeck Rochet the Communist Party's Secretary General.
One of the political leaders attending the debate, Giscard D'Estaing of the Independent Republic Party, which is pro-Government.
Although Mitterand presented a strong case, observers considered is unlikely that the Government would be defeated, since the combined opposition plus two Gaullist deputies would have to vote against the Government.